New Product Staff Engineer

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Location: Mt. Airy, North Carolina
Opening ID: 23618
Job Family: Engineer
Date Posted: Jul 1, 2021


Job Description


Develop the next generation of products for a company that is a leader in the electric-utility and tree-care equipment industries.  Join a small, focused, and empowered engineering team where you can have an immediate impact.

Take a Career Step Forward!

  • Join a product engineering team and aid in designing and supporting 3 product lines in the electric-utility, lawn and plant health care, and tree-care industries
  • Operate with a high level of autonomy with accelerated growth while enjoying the support of a larger, experienced, and remote engineering team
  • Work in a focus facility that designs, tests, manufactures, assembles, and sells its own products.
  • Develop and exercise an expertise in multiple engineering competencies – structures, hydraulics, controls, composites, mechanisms, etc.
  • Hands-on approach is encouraged: work with a team to build prototypes and evaluate your original designs.
  • Altec Inc. is a company with a history of continuous growth and a team focused culture which strongly embraces continuous improvement.  It is a financially stable company that makes intelligent and strategic investments in its future. 
  • Advancement opportunities exist locally, with relocation potential around the country.

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Altec’s Values (in alphabetical order):

Customer First - Enjoyment of Work - Family - Financial Stability - Integrity - People are our Greatest Strength - Quality - Spiritual Development - Teamwork

The immediate opportunity is in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, an easy commute from Winston-Salem.

  • Outdoor activities including hiking, hunting, fishing, golfing, mountain biking, kayaking, etc.
  • Less than 45 minutes from 3 state parks and a 15-minute drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Mild climate allowing residents to enjoy four distinct seasons
  • Numerous entertainment options including collegiate and professional sporting events as well as live music and nightlife
  • An eclectic and award-winning micro brewing and restaurant scene
  • Close proximity to the Appalachian Mountains as well as a few hours drive from NC beaches

Education, Experience, and Skills Required

The job level is able to be adjusted at time of hire, if the candidate meets the qualifications for jobs of a more experienced level in the career path. 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Agricultural Engineering from an accredited university
  • 4 years minimum of applicable industry experience
  • FE Certification or the ability to obtain
  • Up to 25% travel can be expected

Preferences: Experience in a manufacturing environment, Experience with New Product Development, Experience in hydraulics and hydraulic control systems, Experience in structural design, Knowledge of SolidWorks or equivalent CAD drafting methods, Knowledge of FEA (Finite Element Analysis), Leadership or Supervisory Experience, Professional Engineer License


  • Create unique, original, industry-changing product designs which may be patentable.
  • Develop and execute experiments to validate and qualify new design solutions.
  • Design, modify, and/or apply components and systems using prudent engineering methods and techniques to meet specified technical objectives on time.
  • Analyze and solve complex product design, application, manufacturing, installation, and service problems.
  • Implement defect prevention procedures or processes in product design or application.
  • Analyze new technologies for potential application in next generation products.
  • Direct other engineers and technical support personnel to carry out specific design tasks.
  • Communicate directly with Customers and Suppliers on issues of technical specifications, product design and product performance as needed.
  • Support quality improvements in all facets of the company's business.
  • Collaborate with various teams within the organization to solve technical problems and identify improvement opportunities.

• ABET EAC certified Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or a Master’s Degree in Engineering
• Internal candidates - Minimum of four (4) years’ Altec full-time experience
o Applicable Masters counts as one year of experience.
o External engineering experience, post engineering degree, counts 1 for 1 towards the experience requirement
• External candidates - Minimum of four (4) years’ experience in an engineering role after earning the Degree in Engineering
o Applicable Masters counts as one year of experience. 
• Must effectively interact with other associates, departments, operations, distributors, vendors, customers, etc.
• Must effectively work in teams
• Ability to apply advanced engineering principles and practices
• Must be able to guide/train less experienced engineers
• Must be able to lead and implement projects
• Recognized as a technical expert within your field
• Experience in two (2) or more Engineering disciplines at Altec (ex: Aps, QA, Manufacturing, Prod) preferred.
• Must be willing to travel up to 25% of the time, potentially on short notice, which may include flying.

• None

• Demonstrated record of responsibility
• Extremely detail oriented
• Customer Service Oriented
• Motivated, goal oriented and persistent
• Maintain Company confidentiality
• Must manage deadlines well
• Participate in Continuous Improvement Initiatives

Responsibility for Safety:
• Safety In everything we do

Responsibility to Prevent Errors:
• Ensures appropriate reviews have been performed as needed for high quality
• Follow all established processes and guidelines

Mental Alertness:
• Continuous attention to all job functions ensuring quality products

Communication with Others:
• Requires outside and inside contacts to carry out company policy and programs; Improper handling will have considerable effect on operational results; Must often deal with matters requiring explanation, persuasion and obtaining of approvals


Altec offers a competitive salary that rewards performance and dedication, along with a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
Medical, Dental and Prescription Drug Program
Retirement 401(k) Program
Vacation and Holidays
Flexible Spending Accounts
Tuition Assistance Program
Employee Assistance and Mental Health/Substance Abuse Program
Life Insurance, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

EEO Statement

Altec Industries, Inc. and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers and maintain affirmative action plans to recruit, retain, develop, and promote qualified individuals without unlawful consideration of race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Altec strives to maintain a work environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment, where associates are treated with respect and dignity.